If you've never woven beads or fiber and are on a budget, we think trying out weaving on an inexpensive or homemade loom is a great idea. You get a sense of the craft without investing too much money.
That said, here at Mirrix we strongly believe that high-quality equipment and supplies are important for every artist and craftsperson to do their best work. In fact, Mirrix Looms were created specifically to meet the needs of a weaver who wanted a portable loom with which she could make professional-quality work.
A Mirrix is like your first nice car or piece of furniture. It's an investment in the best piece of equipment to help you be more successful in your weaving pursuits.
So go get that $5 loom if you want to, but then put it aside and consider a Mirrix. Because you need the best equipment to produce your best work.